Pumpkin Spice Almonds

Fall is here and it makes me want to cook. As the temps get cooler, I want to warm up the house homemade soup and with the warm smells of cinnamon. Some of my favorite flavors are spotlighted in fall – apples, butternut squash, and none other than pumpkin. It’s without a doubt the time […]

Pumpkin Spice Almonds

What’s in a Name?

I’m really excited about my blog right now. First of all, it’s Spring, which means more light, which means better pictures! I work full time, so most of the time when I cook throughout the winter, it’s dark and the pictures look terrible. Also, there are (hopefully) some (positive – don’t worry) changes in store for The Cocina […]

What’s in a Name?

What’s in Season: Apple Crisp

For every type of produce I love, there comes a season where it seems we have that produce in abundance and I wonder, “What am I going to do with all of these zucchini/squash/tomatoes/peppers?”  We recently came upon a pretty large quantity of apples, so I made apple crisp.  Compared to cobblers, I love crisps […]

What’s in Season: Apple Crisp

What’s in Season: Peach Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Chicken

I love to use produce that’s in season whenever possible, and this is a great time of year for that! I have to restrain myself at the Farmer’s Market so I don’t spend the entire week’s food budget in one fell swoop. Right now, the peaches are sinfully sweet and impossibly juicy.  I had some […]

What’s in Season: Peach Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Chicken

What’s in Season: Zucchini Veggie Spiral

It is prime time zucchini season.  If you planted any in your garden or have been to a Farmer’s Market lately, of course you already knew this.  It seems like we always end up with an abundance of zucchini this time of year, so I’m always looking for new recipes. You may have seen this […]

What’s in Season: Zucchini Veggie Spiral

Quinoa with Fresh Berries and Mango

I am kind of upset with myself.  It took me over 30 years to discover how much I love mango.  I mean, what’s not to love – it’s so sweet and smooth and juicy.  Combine that with the wonderfully ripe berries we have available right now, and protein packed superfood quinoa, and you’ve got an […]

Quinoa with Fresh Berries and Mango

Guest Blog: Man-Made Pizza

First, man invented fire. Then, he invented the wheel. Today… I give you mini pizzas. Impressed? You should be. Okay, I thought I needed a big intro to get your attention. Well, I guess it’s better than my alternate title idea – “Baby Pizzas: They’re Made From Real Babies!” Eh? Well… With my lovely wife […]

Guest Blog: Man-Made Pizza